The trial against Hajime Komura, the basketball coach at Sakuranomiya High School in Osaka who was implicated in the death of a student, began on Thursday. He has been charged with inflicting physical abuse upon a high school student, who eventually committed suicide last year.
Based on the investigation, the 47-year old coach slapped the 17-year old basketball captain several times in December. Although the report was only able to record at least 10 slaps, the student’s mother claimed that her son said he was hit 30-40 times by Komura. The Sakuranomiya student left a message to the coach as well as a suicide note stating that he could no longer bear the assault he was receiving. On the morning of December 23, the 17-year old student was found lifeless in his room. According to the Osaka Municipal Government, the coach’s assaults began as early as September. The charges against Komura were filed on the 4th of July with the verdict expected to be announced on September 26.
During the trial, the accused said, “I hope to spend the rest of my life reflecting on the burden I now carry.” However, the student’s mother did not believe the coach’s words. “I have been watching Komura’s behavior throughout this case, including here today, and I do not see enough evidence of the deep reflection of which he speaks,” the mother said. The student’s family demands for a year-long imprisonment of Komura, adding, “Blame must be placed squarely on your shoulders as a person in a position of responsibility and guidance, who perpetrated violence against a young person in your care.”
[via Japan Today]
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